Jesus Christ is risen today (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-11)  CPDL #57934: 
Original four-staff version:        
Converted to two staffs SATB:        
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-04-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Apparently the first four-part version of this tune, arranged by John Arnold in his The Complete Psalmodist, 1750. Melody in the Tenor. Grace notes converted to normal notes. Three stanzas of lyrics.
  • (Posted 2020-04-10)  CPDL #57929:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-04-10).   Score information: A5, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Lyra Davidica, 1708. Two parts: Soprano or Tenor and Bass. Key signature marked in A Major, but clearly in D. Source also has alternate lyrics, in nine stanzas, Christ our Lord is risen today, translated from Erstanden ist der heilige Christ.
  • (Posted 2020-04-05)  CPDL #57866:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-04-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Words and melody from Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard. Verses not underlaid.
  • (Posted 2020-04-05)  CPDL #57865:      
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-04-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Words and 4-part harmony from Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard. Verses underlaid.

General Information

Title: Jesus Christ is risen today
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 2,4vv   Voicings: SB, TB or SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1708 in Lyra Davidica

Description: Words and music first published in Lyra Davidica, 1708, where the translation of the 14th-century Bohemian hymn appears. Composer of the music is unknown. See also Christ the Lord is risen today by Charles Wesley, 1739.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Jesus Christ is risen today.

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Lyra Davidica, 1708



1. Jesus Christ is risen today,
Our triumphant holy day,
Who so lately, on the cross,
Suffered to redeem our loss.

2. Haste ye females from your fright,
Take to Galilee your flight,
To his sad disciples say,
Jesus Christ is risen today.

3. In our Paschal joy and feast,
Let the Lord of life be blessed,
Let the holy Trine be praised,
Thankful hearts to heaven be raised,

"Halle, Hallelujah" after each line

 

Lyra Davidica, 1708
A Resurrection Dialogue
Erstanden ist der heilige Christ
1.
Christ our Lord is risen today,
Christ our life, our light, our way,
The object of our love and faith,
Who but died to conquer death.
2.
The holy matrons early come,
To bedew the Savior's tomb,
Jesus seek among the dead,
Far from those dark regions fled.
3.
Two bright angels that appear,
Thus salute 'em; He's not here.
Banish sorrow, shout and sing,
Welcome to your risen King.
4. Mary.
Beauteous angels, say what place,
Does his charming presence grace?
Melts my eyes; then bid rejoice:
Then to praise I'll tune my voice.
5.Angel.
First the sacred place behold,
Did your breathless Lord infold.
See the cloth which bound his head,
Proves he's risen from the dead.
6. Mary.
True 'tis so: The empty urn,
Shall my grief to transports turn.
He's not here: O tell me where,
His blest residence declare.
7. Angel.
Haste in faith prepare to see
Your loved Lord in Galilee.
Blesed let his disciples be,
With your sacred embassy.
8. Mary.
Heralds of our joy, to you,
Grateful thanks and love is due.
While our God in praises high
We together magnify.
9. Chorus.
The cross is past, the crown is won,
The ransom paid, and death's sting gone.
Let us feast, and sing, and say,
Christ and we have life today.

"Halle, Hallelujah" after each line

 

Hymns Ancient and Modern


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ our heav'nly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!